The Girl on the Page


Self portrait by S. Lindau 

The girl on the page was sullen.
She had so much to give
And so much to do.

She followed the whims of the author,
Who took her to task,
Forced her to go through,

The fantasies that surrounded
The world in her head;
The dreams that she knew.

But the girl planned a way to confound her.
She imbedded a thought
That created the truth.

She broke through the chains that confined her.
No longer was held
As the author’s keys fell.

So she took control of the author
And told her that she
Would rather be free.

To live her life out in the open
Where she could be heard.
For those understood 

That her life could be what she wanted.
To live life and love
All those she thought of.

Her heart felt the first beat of living
She opened her mind
And let the light blind.

Embracing just what she’d been given.
The author stepped back
To absorb the attack.

She knew that her story was driven
By the girl on the page
And this set the stage

For the author to give her the freedom
From a path giving strife
To one giving life.

Then the girl on the page was so grateful.
And for this she pitched in
Guiding from within.

The author went back to creating.
With the girl on the page
The readers engaged

In a tale rich with love and emotion.

Have you ever had a battle with a character in a story you were writing?

Have you ever felt like once you let go of trying to control a certain situation, it got easier?

© 2011 Susie Lindau

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22 Responses to The Girl on the Page

  1. susielindau says:

    I wonder what The Hook would do on the page?


  2. The Hook says:

    Boy, am I glad I’m The Hook on this page!
    I know, I know, but I had to try!


  3. eva626 says:

    wonderful picture and poem!!


  4. mjray926 says:

    Wow, such a great poem! I love you blog, keep up the great writing! :)


  5. You are a poet and I didn’t know it! :)

    Seriously, that was awesome Susie!

    I love the phrase, “She knew that her story was driven
    By the girl on the page, And this set the stage”.

    Yes, characters drive our stories. And when we let go , they take over!


  6. AriRambles says:

    Fantastic poem Susie…


  7. lynnkelleyauthor says:

    Wow, I really love this poem. Nice!


  8. My darling protagonist, Adina, can be a huge pain in the ass. She is such a wuss! Sometimes I just want to smack her. If only she were real, I might. ;-)


  9. Yes, I have had arguments and negotiations. Girl on the page wins, and as you say, everything is better after that!


  10. Susie,

    I enjoyed your poem much.



  11. Arindam says:

    Beautiful post. It’s simply awesome. No words to describe how good is this post of yours.


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